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Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008

OK, I finished The Big Sort, and I have to say that while I agree with the observations of the author and his collegues, and I understand their point, I think that in the scope of their exploration they have missed an important factor.

Far be it from me to nit-pick people much smarter than myself, but they have thoroughly explored the results of insulating yourself from the "sanity check"...you and your little group become progressivly more extreme.  (Sanity check: compareing your perceptions of the world to those of others as a way to moderate your opinions).

But they don't seem to address at all the power of the reality check.

Granted, the reality check takes longer, because the conflict of an erroneous position with reality generally has to build up consequences to the point where you can no longer ignore them.

However, we have been here before.  There was a time when the world-view of most people was one completely inconsistant with reality...and eventually people began to depart from the demon-haunted view of the world, and turn toward a more reasoned approach.  Some people require a much more strenuous thump-on-the-head than others...but eventually, most people come around.

I'm not sure how much off the track our society has to become before we reach that tipping-point when we return to sense...but I'd like to think we are approaching it right now.

I guess we'll find out soon.

Thursday, October 30, 2008 10:49:41 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] |  | #

This paragraph from The Big Sort beautifully sums up what I have been trying to say about why I think religious conservatives and corporations are so interested in pushing "Libertarianism"...

 

"The continued distrust of government, however, has reduced the size and scope of public life.  Democracy has become so balky that the normal processes of representative government are being replaced by systems of issue brokering that are only quasi-representative.  In Austin, public policy is often negotiated among interest groups, with government only ratifying decisions behind the scenes."

It shrinks the power of the individual to influence government, and increases the reliance on what Bill Bishop calls "tribes".

Most alarming, for instance, is the "tribe" that brought Palin to the front of the line for VP...when there were so many more mainstream, and more qualified options.  (I believe that I have heard the name Olympia Snow bandied about).

Here's another excerpt from the book to let you know what happens to REAL mavericks in the Republican party:

"Hey Sheila, it's time for you to become a true independent."  With that, Minnesota senate minority leader Dick Day told state senator Sheila Kiscaden that she would have to vacate her office, the one she had shared for twelve years with other Republican state senators.  Day called a sergent at arms, and Kiscaden was escorted out of her office and out of the Republican Party."

In other words, they get RINO hunted.  Sheila ran as a fiscal conservative in 1992...but she wasn't socially conservative enough, and didn't kiss the NRA's ass enough.

So...

"In 2002, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and a conservative education organization jammed the local nominating caucus in Rochester.  "I went to the endorsing convention, and the gun guys were out," Kiscaden recalled.  "Some came up and said, "We gotcha.  We've got rid of you."

Fortunatly, she ran as an independant and won in 2002...and caucused with the Republicans until the day she was thrown out of the office...and told that the Republicans would spend $200,000 to beat her if she ran again.

Nice.

Some people ask why the Republican party no longer represents "get the government off my back" values?  They can thank, in part, the NRA.

 

Thursday, October 30, 2008 5:37:34 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] | #
Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Please don't vote for Bemidji homeboy Tim Tinglestad for the Supreme Court.

He's a religious wack-a-loon-wing-nut.  He's an Ori operative.  Scarey person if you like seperation of Church and state.

 

 

Vote for Incumbant Paul Anderson instead.

From this site:  (quoting extensivly, hope they don't mind)

As Minnesota Lawyer reports in its Bar Buzz column this week (password required), state Supreme Court Justice Paul Anderson has already launched his '08 re-election campaign effort. His campaign committee is now soliciting funds and other support for the justice.

Anderson will present an interesting test case for Minnesota judicial elections, which so far have not been much impacted by federal court rulings striking down restrictions on judicial campaigning. Many in the legal community have been worried the rulings -- which were made in the White case -- will lead to the big-money highly politicized judicial races experienced in a number of other states. However, since White, judicial races have thus far remained relatively quiet.

But pro-life interests have publicly stated in the past that they would target Anderson when he came up for election because he was on the high court when it issued Doe v. Gomez in 1995. (In the Gomez case, the court struck down a law limiting state medical assistance for abortion to cases of life endangerment and reported rape and incest.)

Whoever decides to take on Anderson will have an uphill battle to fight. First of all, he is a Republican appointee who, in 13 years on the court, has earned a reputation as a moderate voice. Secondly, the longtime justice is also known as being the most gregarious of the seven justices. In fact, he has frequently been called the high court's "goodwill ambassador" due to his amiable disposition and omnipresence at community events and other outreach efforts. I have heard tell that he will serve as a tour guide for almost any student he happens to run into who expresses an interest in the courts. It's going to be pretty tough for an opponent to come at the popular justice if the only arrow in his or her quiver is a single opinion from 12 years ago (which Anderson didn't even write). "Activist judges" should be made of stronger stuff.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 11:30:46 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] | #
Tuesday, October 28, 2008

But at the moment, I think the best we can hope for is a tumultuous love-hate relationship between two completely diametrically opposed forces that can't seem to function separately, but will never get along with each other.

So, in honor of it being about one week before the polls close on this whole sordid mess...

 

 

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 9:12:05 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] | #

 

[update:  Now we know what the Republicans think of Joe-the-plumber, and Joe-the-waiter.  But here's what they think of Josaphine-the-911-operator;  Apparently, she can go "$%^" herself.  Also, Joe-the-little-kid-who-went-to-his-teacher's-wedding"...]

(Hat Tips: Pharyngula and Some Amusing Blog Pun)

 

 

Google Neil Simpson, and "hurry up to ensure that all waitstaff vote for mccain".

It is proof that the conservatives don't understand the Obama plan.  Under Obama's plan, people who make under $250,000 will get a tax cut. (note:  I changed the previously erroneous "$150,000 to $250,000)

So, to demonstrate how this is bad, Neal fantasizes about how much fun it would be to tell the waitstaff that he will give all of their tips to homeless people instead.

Unless you know some waiters who make more than $250,000 in a year, I'm thinkin that the only thing this will demonstrate to the waitstaff is that Republicans are mean-spirited dick-wads in their real life too.

Although, Neal once again shows his moderate side by acknowledging that the waitstaff earn their tips, rather than treating it as charity (or tipping really well only if they wanted to ask you out, and then never tipping again when you say you are married) like most of the openly religious conservative customers I encountered in my time working as waitstaff (personal favorites, the ones who left religious tracts in leiu of monetary tips).

And he thinks that this will convince them to vote against the guy who says he'll give them a tax cut.

Now, I think it is more likely that Obama will not actually be able to pull off the tax cut for the middle class because there will be too many Republicans in Congress and they will get in the way...

...or it is possible that he is only touting the tax-cut to blow smoke up the skirts of the working class...

but if you take what his plan actually says it will do...it will let the waiter keep more of his tips, and just make the upper 1% pay more of their fair share.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 6:56:24 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [15] | #
Monday, October 27, 2008

I'd rather kiss a wookie.

'nuff said.

Monday, October 27, 2008 8:31:27 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [5] | #
Sunday, October 26, 2008

I’ve read more than one conservative commentator who points out that McCain surrounds himself in his campaign with many more accomplished and capable women, and thus is better on wage parity and opportunity for women than Obama.

However, given McCain’s history with women, it looks to me more like a case of Lazarus Long syndrome rather than being a beacon of equality and opportunity.

Not that there’s anything wrong with a guy wanting to be surrounded by accomplished women who are dedicated to his success and vision, I just suspect that it is more for the benefit of McCain than for the benefit of the campaign or the women, and it should not be assumed that McCain’s public policies will follow from any sort of feminist thought or dedication to a feminist outlook…liberal or conservative.

Sunday, October 26, 2008 9:21:32 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] | #
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I want this book.

 

 

I heard about it here.

 

But right now I am reading this book:

I got it from Ben (The once and hopefully future Eclectics Anonymous)

 

thanks BEN!

And say, is anyone interested in a blog-based discussion of The Big Sort?

Saturday, October 25, 2008 9:58:38 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [4] | #

I got a letter from a reader about her dad sending her a "letter" from "Dr." Dobson's organization.

It is basically a story of what the next four years will be like after an Obama presidency.

And apparently, Barak Obama is going to surrender us to "the gay agenda".

I thought about coming up with all sorts of clever stuff to say about it, but I just don't have the heart.

The letter is a disgusting, hateful, paranoid, raving peice of trash.

And PZ Myers just did a better job on it than I would.

 

So I'm just going to give you a link to a horrifying video of the sorts of people who believe this stuff and feel they should run the country to protect us from "the gays". 

 

(Hat tip: Jason Bock - thanks alot Jason...I've been having trouble falling asleep since I watched it)

Saturday, October 25, 2008 6:13:47 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [3] | #
Friday, October 24, 2008

 

Dr.Kiki is just cute as a button, yes?

 

(Hat Tip:   A Blog Around the Clock)

Friday, October 24, 2008 5:15:18 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [17] | #
Thursday, October 23, 2008

Dump Bachmann is in overdrive.

Take a look at this article detailing her "close associations" with unsavory radical leftists from the '60's.

 

The first one was part of a group called “O” which apparently took over a warehouse with an army of thugs armed with pipes, firebombed a truck, and reportedly had a large weapons cache in Minneapolis.  Then he worked closely with Bachmann trying to promote PRT (Personal Rapid Transit) and then went to prison for taking bribes as a Minneapolis City Councilman.

 

I didn't fact check it, but I’m sure someone will.  In the mean-time, just treat it like entertainment.  And really, read the whole thing because the story of the second "Radical" is hilarious. (Hint:  It's Norm Coleman and evidentally he used to smoke a LOT of pot)

 

Ya know, I’m re-thinking my position.  I now think Bachmann is right.  Perhaps we SHOULD do an exhaustive search into the histories and associations of our nation’s leadership.  Not to ferret out any “un-American” views…but just because what the country needs right now is a good, hearty belly laugh…

 

Thursday, October 23, 2008 9:07:54 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] |  |  |  | #

I think that all of the Minnesota politicians from both parties should get together in the same place and denounce the people who vandalized the homes of six Minnesota politicians.

There is no reason to suspect that anyone from either party was the culprit, since representatives from both parties were attacked.  Also, political moderates like Amy Klobuchar and Jim Ramstad were hit in addition to more divisive figures like Michelle Bachmann and Keith Ellison.

And while they are at it they can also decry the vandalizm to the Obama and Franken campaign headquarters.  (I haven't heard of anything happening to the McCain headquarters here, will someone let me know if they have heard anything?)

They should then all step forward and personally vow to keep their rhetoric to the issues, and to their opponents positions on the issues.  They should vow to avoid character assassination and dehumanizing rhetoric.

And I hope the police catch these maniacs who did this. There is no place in Minnesota for acts of political terroristic threat in the dark of night.

Thursday, October 23, 2008 11:11:08 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [7] |  |  | #
Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Then again, sometimes the Ori are hilarious.

This website warns that Barak Obama's "tribe" in Kenya is working round the clock to cast witch spells to make McCain look like a doddering old coot, and calls on Christians to do constant spiritual warfare over McCain and Palin.

 

(Hat Tip:  Pharyngula)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 1:17:02 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [4] |  |  | #
Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hallowed are the Ori. (warning, chillingly disturbing.)

Update: The above link is broken.  Jason found it in the "wayback machine" though

(Hat Tip:  Pharyngula)

 

This will make you feel better (warning, vulgar...but not profane like the link above)

(Hat Tip:  Erudite Redneck)

 

We've got the profane above, and we've got the vulgar in the middle...so I thought that I would give you some Nathan Fillion "porn" just to round it out.  Probably not safe for work, even though it's not really porn...cause it's a little sick.  BUT IT'S NATHAN FILLION!!!

 

 

(Hat Tip:  Northern Misfit)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 8:30:16 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [10] | #
Monday, October 20, 2008

Palin on the 700 Club:

Why she doesn’t give many interviews:

"Well, sometimes it just doesn't do any good. I mean, you set yourself up just to continually be mocked, you know, so sometimes that doesn't do any good, but what I have done in this campaign is in reaching out to the American voters through our rallies, through the one-on-ones, through the small meetings that we've had trying to get our message out, our plans for this country out there minus the filter of some of the filter of the mainstream media because, because that filter as, as we see every day when we turn on the news, too often there is this, this opaqueness, there is this, this spin, this contortion of a person's words and intentions and that does more harm than good, so it's a greater challenge for me and for John McCain to try to get our message out there without that filter of I think some of the world's media. It's a greater challenge, but again, it does make us work harder and try to reach more people. That's why we're traveling around so hard and fast and aggressively across the U.S. is to reach more people."

Not knowing how to get your message out effectively through the media is a basic Presidential skill in our day-and-age.  Hell, even “W” could do it.  In fact, while he couldn’t handle a pretzel while laying on a couch…he somehow managed to find some people who could manage him managing the media, and quite frankly, they were brilliant at it.  They had a lap-dog press for six whole years.  How hard could it be?

 

"And it's not just that question, but it was some of the other questions that she asked me also and, and it was, I guess, my being such an outsider from the Washington elite and the media elite is the questions she kept asking me were, I kept thinking why aren't you asking me things that really, really matter right now about our economy and about how we're going to win the war and about protecting our constitutional rights in this country, some of the questions that were being fired at me, I was kind of impatient and I think that showed, it's like come on, Katie, let's talk about the things that really matter. And two, the other part of that was I knew that whatever I threw out there, whether it's the USA Today, or New York Times or whatever I said, that's just more fodder for someone to not only mock, but tear apart and presume to at least claim that that is a reflection of my own beliefs, so you know, so I just felt like, let's just move on to the next question."

 

Oh for real?  You were afraid to answer the question because you were afraid you would be mocked, and your words would be torn apart and spread around and made to seem to mean something different than what you meant?  Now come on.  There are any number of policy publications out there that you could have been reading as Governor that would be completely respectable.  Even something like the Cato Journal would probably have been found interesting, if partisan.  I hear that Cambridge has a public policy Journal , Duke, Cornell, Harvard…they all have public policy Journals.  Vanity Fair has some snappy politcal stuff in it.  There's the National Review....Harpers would have been a nice politically ecumenical touch, Reason magazine would have netted you interest from the Ron Paul crowd... I mean if you had said “The USA Today” I can see your point but…oh God...you would have said “The USA Today” wouldn’t you?

And I totally get drawing a blank trying to find the best answer.  I get it…really.  If Katie Couric was there with a microphone asking for my reading list, I’d freeze up too, and I have a whole lot of leather-bound books with really little print in my library.

But YOU are running for Vice President of the country!  Holy crap woman!  You froze up because you didn’t think it was important to give examples of where you get your decision-making information, and you didn’t want to say anything because you were afraid they would pick on you?  This is not High School.  You don’t get to do that.  You were given an opportunity to show that you are prepared, and you failed.  You were given an opportunity to explain in a mature and meaningful way WHY you failed…and you failed.

Jesus. And this is how she comes across in the FAVORABLE, friendly media.  The 700 Club!  It doesn’t get any less “Gotcha” than that!

There’s also a clip of her talking about religion.  It was not interesting.  I was hoping that she would say that she is just your normal, every-day garden variety Pentecostal.  I don’t care if she’s rolling around on the floor or whatever while she’s praying…but I would like for her to denounce the Third Wave Movement that she seems to be associated with.  I’d like to hear her say she has nothing to do with Joel’s Army, and I’d like to hear her say that she can govern our country with an eye towards the future, and not to affect some apocalyptic end-times milestones.  It would be great to know that she wasn’t looking forward to and working to hasten an end-of-times blood-bath that would kill most of her constituents:

Brody: There have been some shots taken at you…regarding your Christian faith…The Pentecostal stuff, the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Do you want to clear up exactly what you believe in and so that the record can be set straight a little bit? Because there have been some editorials and others taking shots at you regarding --

Palin: Yeah, and I think the saddest part of that is that faith, not just my faith, faith and God in general has been mocked through this campaign, and that breaks my heart and that is unfair for others who share a faith in God and chose to worship our Lord in whatever private manner that they deem fit and my faith has always been pretty personal. I haven't really worn it on my sleeve. I haven't been out there preaching it. I've always been of the mind that you caalk the walk. You just don't have to be talking the talk about your beliefs, so just wanting maybe my life to be able to reflect my faith. So it's always been pretty personal and that was kind of a surprise in the last couple of months that people would misconstrue and spin anything that has to do with my faith or anybody else's and turn it into something to be mocked. That's very sad. I don't think that there's anything that I can do about it, so you know, I won't, I won't whine or complain about it, but nobody is going to convince me that my foundation of faith is not good for me and for my family no matter the mocking, no matter what anybody says about it, I'm going to keep plugging away at this and I'm going to keep seeking God's guidance and His wisdom and His favor and His grace, for me, for my family, for this campaign, for our nation. Again no matter what anybody else says about it it's between me and God, and I am so thankful that that he has strengthened me with this understanding and this belief that I can count on Him. I can reach out to Him asking for that strength, asking for the blessings that He so freely gives and I don't know how anybody would want to do this if they didn't have real strong faith in God that He's got it all under control.

 

I don’t  feel reassured.  Sarah, it is between you and the voters whether or not you believe that it is your job to work to bring about God’s rule on Earth…whether you believe, as some say THEY believe, that you are modern day Esther brought forth to renew the nation for God.  In absence of a denial when you’ve had plenty of opportunity to set the record straight and explain the massive amount of video out there of you  with people linked to the Third Wave Movement (considered a Heresy by main-stream Pentecostals, by the way), and some pretty despicable actions…I’m left wondering and I don’t care for it.  At least Obama gave a big speech about his pastor and his faith.  It helped me understand the ties.

Anyway, there’s a LOT more video at this site.  Go check it out if you have the stomach.

And here's a video where they call here a "Modern Day Esther"

 

Monday, October 20, 2008 10:36:11 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [8] |  | #

Operation Bagdhad Pups helps soldiers bring home dogs that they befriend during their deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Here's a story about Rachet the dog and his human.

Monday, October 20, 2008 1:56:20 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [1] | #
Sunday, October 19, 2008

Colin "anthrax" Powell has endorsed Barak Obama.

What next?

He was there at the precipitous push to get us into Iraq, and now he'll be there for the precipitous push to get us out?

Dude changes direction quicker than a raquetball.

And speaking of things that change direction suddenly...I've mentioned that I'm disappointed in McCain, right?  He missed the boat with that "Joe the fake Plumber" guy.

 

The old McCain would have gone with someone more like "Sheriff Billy McGee".

Sunday, October 19, 2008 12:39:07 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [6] | #
Saturday, October 18, 2008

Minnesota's "Skipper" to  Alaska's "Caribou Barbie"...

...NOW  She walks, she talks, take a listen to some of the things she says:

Shorter Michele Bachmann: "Obama is a terrorist":

 

 

"But I'd totally kiss him":

Bachmann said her positions have been "quite different" from Bush's."

"If the presidency would somehow go to Barack Obama, I would welcome him to the 6th District as well," she said after the debate. "As a matter of fact, I would put my hand on his shoulder and give him a kiss if he wanted to."

I guess she's happy to kiss a "terrorist", as long as it isn't another chick.

And then there's the whole "if only there were some investigation into the government, searching for un-American actions on the part of government officials...if only there were SOME WAY to you, know, investigate them....the press isn't doing it...wink wink...nudge nudge...hedge hedge".  She doesn't have the guts to actually call for another HUAC, but she'll set the ball for someone else.

The whole time I was watching that video I expected it was building to a single sentence:  "Why nationalize Industry when you can nationalize The People?"

Saturday, October 18, 2008 7:24:23 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [10] | #

FOX news says "leave Joe alone!"

They don't seem to think it was cowardly for McCain to push Joe forward and say "Hey, don’t argue with me;  Here's Joe, argue with him."

Obama totally panders to Joe, and the media goes "Hey whose this Joe guy?"

They find out that Joe is doesn't have the best background (not the worst, though - he's apparently NOT related to Charles Keating) for an iconic representative of the American voter.

And now FOX is mad at Obama and the government?

Did Obama decide for Joe to ask a misleading question?  Did Obama decide to push Joe forward to distract from the fact that McCain doesn't have answers that resonate with most of the American people so far?  Was it Obama that made the press short-sighted and fickle?

How is this supposed to be Obama's fault?  Turns out that the conservatives are a little confused.  They don't think Obama is perfect, but apparently they think he controls the universe.

I'm going to use Karen's line in this.  Obama's not the messiah...but I'm voting for him anyway.

 

Saturday, October 18, 2008 5:23:20 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] | #
Friday, October 17, 2008

No, no, no, Michele, it's "kiss and tell"...not "tell and kiss."

Sheesh.  Republican hacks can't do anything right.

Although, WRT the situation with Bush, you are right in that the lady has the perogative to change her mind.

Friday, October 17, 2008 7:25:35 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] | #

Then the AFA wouldn't have to send out letters like this, and incite people to violence and hate:

before you know it, they'll go from burning books to burning people.

Hey AFA!  It's true, the America where wealth is artificially redistributed by a rigged system from the middle class to the upperclass is disappearing.  People in the suburbs are tired of going to the foodshelf to cut costs on groceries to afford their insurance and their mortgage payments as their cost of living goes up but their wages stay the same.  Retirees are tired of going to the food shelves to save money for their medicines.  Working people are tired of paying the oil companies taxes for them.  Maybe the top 1% can sell a jet ski or two and buy a Bible.  It seems to have kept the working class content for a good long time...

Well, actually there'll probably just be minimal changes that basically amount to topical appeasement measures that you can quietly undermine over the next three decades or so, and you can do this all over again.  But hey, that's politics, right?

[UPDATE:  And the downfall begins...PZ Myers has a great story on a cool abiogenisis update!]

 

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October 15, 2008

Dear Teresa,

In my 70 years, I have never seen an election where coverage was so one-sided and biased or where censorship by the liberal media was so widely practiced and where media coverage was so slanted as I have seen in this election process. Their plan is working. The only chance conservatives have is to make sure they care enough to vote.

If the liberals win the upcoming election, America as we have known it will no longer exist. This country that we love, founded on Judeo-Christian values, will cease to exist and will be replaced by a secular state hostile to Christianity. This “city set on a hill” which our forefathers founded, will go dark. The damage will be deep and long lasting. It cannot be turned around in the next election, or the one after that, or by any election in the future. The damage will be permanent. That is why it is so important for you to vote and to encourage friends and family to vote. This is one election where your vote really counts.
 

 

Sincerely,

Don

Donald E. Wildmon,
Founder and Chairman
American Family Association

 

 

Friday, October 17, 2008 5:00:21 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [3] |  | #
Thursday, October 16, 2008

I don't think McCain realized that what he was saying to most Americans was:

"Feel sorry for Joe. Poor Joe only makes somewhere between two and thirty times more than you do, and he wants that tax cut so that he can hire one or two of you to pay the crappy wages that he used to make and dreamed of escaping and make more money for himself.

Now, you may want to take the opportunity of Obama's tax cuts and incentives and start a business so you can work for yourself and make the full amount off of your own labors, but Joe needs that money more than you, so he can grow crappy jobs for you to have.  Joe made his nut, and now he wants to reap the benefits, by protecting his position and interest in holding down those beneath him.

Vote for me,and I'll make sure that Joe can hire you to work a crappy low-paid job like the one he dreamed of getting out of so long ago.

So just say 'OK, Joe, you need that tax break more than I do, you go ahead and have it instead of me.'  vote for me, my friends, and I'll make sure that Joe's taken care of.  And I'll balance the budget too, by taking a hatchet to the programs and projects that benefit you."

 

Thursday, October 16, 2008 8:29:51 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [8] | #
Wednesday, October 15, 2008

From this day on, I think that all tetherballs should be called "Joe the Plumber"...because they get batted around back and forth almost as much as "Joe" did tonight.  If I were Joe, and nobody but John McCain and Barak Obama knew who I was, I'd keep it a secret.  Joe was subjected to so much pity and pandering from both candidates that if his identity was known, he'd have to turn in his "man card".

 

Prediction:

The News will be over-run with the sound-bite of Obama saying that Joe Biden worked hard on the "violence against womens act".

 

My McCain impressions:  Did he fire his speech-writer, or does he think his base can't read?  He keeps re-iterating the same tired, debunked charges over and over again.  Nothing but old lies repeated, complaining about unfair negative campaigning (huh?).  Strange that almost-slip about finding the best people in the worl...uh, the US for the Supreme Court.  I don't think it really means anything, it was just a slip...but it was funny.

 

Obama impressions:  Cool, collected, represented himself well.  Didn't get rattled by McCain lying about him not disavowing that John Lewis' characterizations of the Palin crowds.  A little light on specifics...but better than the past.  He's no Adlai Stevenson...but then again, Adlai lost because he trusted the American people to be interested in detailed and complete discussion of the issues, and he lost to a guy with a catchy tune written by a composer of candy jingles.

 

McCain mockingly dismisses the idea of the "health" if the mother in the abortion question.  Nice.  Apparently, he's never heard of women diagnosed with arterial weaknesses or fast-growing cancers that need immediate treatment, or any number of other conditions.

 

WRT the education thing:  Why does it have to be a choice between pillaging the public trust to give public money to religious schools or forcing kids to stay in failing schools?  Minnesota has school choice...you can go to any publicly funded school that you can get into...including college your last two years of High School. 

 

McCain is for vouchers - in otherwords, stealing public money for private profit.

 

McCain takes a petty snarky parting shot.  You'd think he was running for King of the Internet bloggers, not POTUS.

 

Ending statements: McCain:  "We have to make health care avoid...affordable..." LOL.  No, I don't think it's telling, but it's funny!

 

Obama:  Remembers to thank McCain and moderator (did McCain do that?  I missed it if he did) -politness points!  If he says "change" one more time, I'm going to scream.  Love the "promise" hesitation...followed by a sort of dithering platitude.  It's almost like he was going to say something really bold, but then chickened out.

[Update:  Jenny informs me that McCain thanked The college, the moderator, and Obama.  Also, I liked a comment that one of the guys over at Erudite Redneck said.  Joe the plumber makes as much in a day as he makes in a month.  My comment is, why doesn't Joe think it's in his best interest to pay to help maintain the society that benefits him above most of his fellow countrymen?  It seems weird to me that people standing at the top of the ladder always seem to want to kick the bottom of the ladder.

I mean, I dont think anyone resents people who work hard to make thirty times as much as they do...but if they're working hard and paying their own bills, I think it's a little bit of a stretch to ask them to feel pity for some guy whose makeing thrity times as much and say "Oh no...no...YOU take the tax cut instead, you need it so much more than I do.]

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 8:21:16 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [9] | #

People are buying hyperbaric chambers for their autistic kids.

The thing that bothers me about this is not that some parents are unable to sort out fact from fiction regarding their kid's disease, or that they might be just desperate enough to try anything, or that they look elsewhere when the doctors can't give them the answers they want.

I'm a parent, and I teach self-defense to special-needs kids.  I know these parents, and I know the time and effort and expense that they go to in order to give their children every possible leg-up to having the fullest life possible.

I understand doing the best you can, but sometimes not knowing what to do, or how to even find out what the best thing to do is.

The problem is that Autism is a slippery diagnosis, and what works for one kid isn't that helpful for another.  It's a hodge-podge of symptoms that vary in incidence and severity from person to person, and parents can often feel like the experts are just groping in the dark with no more of a clue than the parents themselves.

Many of the things that help kids on the Autism Spectrum take a lot of time, and effort and money for small, incremental gains that can sometimes seem like consolation victories.

There is a special place in heaven for the dedicated parent of a special-needs child.  Parenting takes a lot of dedication, and a lot of self-awareness, and frankly, most people have days when they just aren't up to the challenge as much as they would like to be.  The more individual issues your child has that separate him or her from peers, the more days like that you are going to have.

Enter the snakes in the garden:  People who exploit parents and children for profit.

OK, you've got your herb sellers and your special diet people...well, Im not equipped to say if they do any good, but some parents swear by them and I haven't heard of them doing too much harm.  Whatever, can't get too excited about it one way or another.  I actually take Glucosamine and Chondroitin myself, for example as well as fish oil and flax oil.  I gave Glucosamine and Chondroitin to my dog when she started getting arthritic and it seemed to help for a couple of years.  Probably subjective, but no big deal.  I started taking it when it was fairly new.  As the years have gone by, the evidence is mounting that it's effectiveness is minimal if anything.  A few years ago, I used to swear by this stuff.

Why? Well, because of assurances that I would certainly develop arthritis fairly young.  This was due to some fairly severe injuries to the joints (The worst of which was; both of my knees were run over by a hay wagon.  Long story that involves me being embarrassingly reckless), running and martial arts as hobbies, a family history of arthritis, and the extra weight I carry.  The best recommendation of doctors was to save on my knees by doing something other than running and martial arts for exercise.  They recommended walking and swimming.  Walking is boring, and I didn't have the money to join a gym at the time, so swimming was a summer-only activity.  Plus, I LOVE running and martial arts.

So I looked elsewhere and found "joint supplements"  the doctor shrugged, said the science wasn't in but it probably wouldn't hurt anything to try it.

So in other words, I didn’t like what the doctors told me and went desperately searching for an alternative solution.  I thought I'd found it, and I would have SWORN to you that it was the reason my knees stopped aching and my mobility increased, and I haven’t been crippled up with arthritis even though I probably should be.  But the more evidence mounts up, the more it looks like I'm wrong, and it had nothing to do with joint supplements.  So I wasted some money.

But then you've got your Chelatean Therapy people and people who encourage parents to put their kids in freaking hyperbaric chambers and to not immunize their kids against potentially fatal and disfiguring illnesses, and I suddenly realize that the loop-hole that lets people sell Glucosamine and Condroitin as a treatment for arthritis, (as long as they say it's not a real treatment) is being used to market hyperbaric chambers to the parents of autistic kids.

And I say close the loop-hole.  I mean it.  As good as I feel after my occasional chiropractic treatments for sports injuries...close it up.  When I put something out of joint, I usually go get it put back in joint and have them hit it with the EMS machine and assign me some exercises to keep it from getting thrown out again...but I'll settle for some Ibuprophin and walking it off for a couple of weeks if that's what it takes to keep predatory assholes from convincing vulnerable parents to put their kids in fucking hyperbaric chambers without any understanding of the mechanics behind if it works or how.

The wink-and-a-nod "These claims have not been evaluated by the FDA" is just not good enough as a reality check, obviously, if people are going to go to this sort of expense to put their kids in that kind of danger.

And if people actually believe the treatment works, let them come with the science to prove it.  If a science-based theory is established, and the results are proved, then maybe we can find a way to get the results without such a dangerous process.  And if not, the parents can get a doctor's help in evaluating if the risks are worth the results.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 8:46:30 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [5] |  |  | #
Monday, October 13, 2008

Let's see it people!

I WANT A GOD-OFF!

 

 

Two bulls, two piles of wood.

McCain Prays to HIS God.

Obama prays to HIS God.

We'll see whose offering gets accepted.

 

I'm all eyes.

 

(Hat Tip:  Erudite Redneck)

Monday, October 13, 2008 8:28:52 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [11] | #

PBS running poll on Sarah Palin. AFA counters by running poll on Barack Obama.

October 13, 2008

Dear Teresa,

PBS, the most liberal network in America (funded, incidentally, by your tax dollars) is running a poll concerning Sarah Palin. Their question is: Do you think Sarah Palin is qualified to serve as Vice President of the United States?

Since PBS and the liberal media will widely publicize the results, AFA has decided to run a poll concerning the qualifications of Barack Obama.

The question: Do you think Barack Obama is qualified to serve as President of the United States?  Take the Poll!

PBS refuses to show the number of individuals voting in their poll. It could be that only a small handful voted. AFA will show the number voting.

Please send this to your family and friends.

Monday, October 13, 2008 3:25:07 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] | #
Sunday, October 12, 2008

 A wacky fundy (if you want to read for yourself, just e-mail me and I'll e-mail you a link, he doesn't like for me to link to him) just did a piece on how non-Christians unfairly bring up the Crusades and the Inquisition, and the rampant hypocrisy of many Christians…and he points out that the failure of humans doesn’t make the Bible or the Gospel any less true.

In other words, you can’t say that when people violate a philosophy, that proves the invalidity of the philosophy.

I guess you can’t disprove a tautology (people who are not good examples of a philosophy are not good examples of a philosophy)…but where does that leave us?

And anyway, he misses that fact that when people raise the Crusades and the Inquisition, and pedophile priests (and the people who constantly excuse their behavior), they are not usually arguing against the assertion that the Bible is 100% literally true.  That is usually done with provable, demonstrative facts (evidence saying the earth is more than 6,000 years old, evidence that evolution happened, etc.)

The anecdotal evidence of Christians behaving badly is a direct contradiction to the constant, hubristic claims that religion should rule the world because it makes you a better person, improves society, and is responsible for everything good in the world (Christians have publicly claimed that there would be no medical advancement without religion because Christians built hospitals, for instance, or claim that slavery was the result of atheism, but Christians did away with it; they have even lied about Darwin, saying he approved of slavery and that his theory validated it, when it is explicit in his writings that he stood against it – supposedly, Christians have a moral foundation against lying, too)

Its a repudiation of a concentrated effort to "take over" America for religion...not an attempt to disprove the factual basis of an ancient document.

It's like saying "Those silly non-religious people, they keep using screw-rivers to turn screws...don't they know that screwdrivers can't do ANYTHING about driving in nails?  They are so stupid".

Trying to re-direct this evidence from the claims it effectivly addresses, and trying to make it address a tautology may be good enough for people who already want to believe, but it actually just makes them look dumb, especially when it is from someone who constantly accuses others of using strawman tactics, and then complains when people characterize their apologetics as “irrational”.

Isn’t it good enough to allow that some people DO find religion useful, individually, in their private lives? That they CAN, find a way to make that tool build something good, but that it has NOT, historically been beneficial for humanity as a whole when made the centerpiece of a culture?

The very fact that David Barton has to invent quotes to “prove” the founders wanted a theocracy seems to invalidate the claim that “returning”  to those roots (which never existed, or you wouldn’t have to fake the evidence)will benefit us in any way.

Finally, he points out that he shouldn't have to feel responsible for things that happened a long time ago, that he didn't do.

Absolutely.

But that's not the purpose of bringing it up now.  The purpose of bringing those things up now, is to point out that if Christians continue to support a group of people working to create a theocratic plutocracy on our country, they WILL BE responsible for the things they do...and history tells us that they things they do will not be good.

[Update: and so it begins with mob rule, and don't forget, the fundies believe "all your law are belong to us" (Michele Bachmann says the judges do not have the authority to interpret the law - a common conservative misconception).  Also, more lies to incite violence against the media.  Ann Coulter will be so happy when they finally fulfill her dream of open season on the press.  Remember:  You can run, but you cannot hide.]

Sunday, October 12, 2008 6:20:41 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] | #
Friday, October 10, 2008

And they say "All your law are belong to us"

Or maybe it's "I can haz doll burnings now."

Or maybe it is "You can not haz car startings!"

Or "Thank you for attending the Ex-Gay Boot camp please don't forget to pick up your beard/merkin at the door on your way back into the closet."

or "kill da beast" (video below)

 

 

 

Or "Ha-ha half ur family is ded, ur crying is teh stooopid":

 

http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1417423198/bctid1834283910  (I took out the embeded video 'cause it was starting on its own and that was annoying)

 

Whatever they're SAYING, it all translates to:  "You are soooo screwed, cause we're not quitting until this whole planet is a charred hellscape."

(Hat Tip:  Pharyngula)

Friday, October 10, 2008 2:41:50 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [5] | #

I was going to be alone all day, but lo, Rocky did come home early.

I was going to be without presents, and lo, there were chocolate in abundance.

I also got a beer glass from the Hard Rock Cafe.

We took a bike ride to Noodles and Company and lo, I consumed carbs.

It were a good day.

Would have been perfect had I not been turning 41.

Friday, October 10, 2008 11:58:08 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [16] | #
Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Not surprisingly, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League (are there any Catholics IN the Catholic League? Besides Donohue?)has issued a statement condemning people who criticize Palin for letting a witchunter pray over her, and for her supportive statements of the man...a man who incited mob violence against a woman, which resulted in her pet snake being shot (they thought it was a demon).  Muthee reportedly ordered her to convert or leave town.  She was arrested, and when released, she left town.

And Donohue rebukes the people who think this is bad.  Here's his summary quote:

“We know that many cultural elites have a hard time embracing religion, but is it too much to ask that they at least show some manners when discussing subjects which most Americans hold dear?”

Yes people, where are your manners?  If a man expresses his understanding of evil by victimizing women and children in exchange for personal gain, who are you to judge whether he is right or wrong?  I mean, here we try to get students expelled from school over a bit of flat bread, in Kenya they burn elderly people as witches, and bury children alive, and shoot innocent snakes.  Potatoe, Potahto.  Don't be so judgemental.

Not only is Donohue apparently perfectly sanguin with children being buried alive under charges of witchraft, children starved, beaten and tortured on the say-so of Christian pastors,  old people being burned to death, thousands run from their homes by these bloody bastard pastors demanding money and power at the expense of the already powerless, he implies that there is some sort of moral wrong in condemning it.

Sick. Sick. Sick.  How can anyone, much less a man claiming to be a Christian leader, defend this sort of thing?

Read the article below and remember, this is what the people praying for the election of McCain/Palin, and the speedy death of McCain upon election think is the RIGHT direction for America:

 

Here is a quote, but click this link for the whole article.  This sort of thing is happening in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, and many other places in Africa, and pastor Muthee has contributed to it at least once...but he claims to pastor "hundreds of churches".

But an exploitative situation has now grown into something much more sinister as preachers are turning their attentions to children - naming them as witches. In a maddened state of terror, parents and whole villages turn on the child. They are burnt, poisoned, slashed, chained to trees, buried alive or simply beaten and chased off into the bush.

Some parents scrape together sums needed to pay for a deliverance - sometimes as much as three or four months' salary for the average working man - although the pastor will explain that the witch might return and a second deliverance will be needed. Even if the parent wants to keep the child, their neighbours may attack it in the street.

This is not just a few cases. This is becoming commonplace. In Esit Eket, up a nameless, puddled-and-potholed path is a concrete shack stuffed to its fetid rafters with roughly made bunk beds. Here, three to a bed like battery chickens, sleep victims of the besuited Christian pastors and their hours-long, late-night services. Ostracised and abandoned, these are the children a whole community believes fervently are witches.

Sam Ikpe-Itauma is one of the few people in this area who does not believe what the evangelical 'prophets' are preaching. He opened his house to a few homeless waifs he came across, and now he tries his best to look after 131.

'The neighbours were not happy with me and tell me "you are supporting witches". This project was an accident, I saw children being abandoned and it was very worrying. I started with three children, then every day it increased up to 15, so we had to open this new place,' he says. 'For every maybe five children we see on the streets, we believe one has been killed, although it could be more as neighbours turn a blind eye when a witch child disappears.

'It is good we have this shelter, but it is under constant attack.' As he speaks two villagers walk past, at the end of the yard, pulling scarfs across their eyes to hide the 'witches' from their sight.

BTW:  If you would like to do something about this situation, I guess ActionAid is a good place to start.  Here is their Charity Navigator rating.  I'll see what else I can dig up.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008 7:02:41 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [13] | #
Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Researching her religious beliefs just keeps giving and giving...

Did you know that "The Third Wave of the Holy Spirit" movement killed Princess Diana and Mother Teresa?  They also caused natural disasters.  Holy Crap, if they keep praying for McCain to die, he doesn't' have a chance in hell!

 

Wagner's top leaders often conduct spiritual warfare campaigns against the demons that block the acceptance of their brand of Christian belief, such as 'Operation Ice Castle' in the Himalayas in 1997. Several of their top prophets and generals of intercession spent weeks in intensive prayer to "confront the Queen of Heaven." This queen is considered by them to be one of the most powerful demons over the earth and is the Great Harlot of Mystery Babylon in Revelation. (The "Great Harlot [or 'whore'] of Mystery Babylon" theme also figures prominently in the sermons of Texas megachurch pastor and Christians United For Israel founder John Hagee, former endorser of John McCain's 2008 presidential bid.) Wagner and his group also claim that the Queen of Heaven is Diana, the pagan god of the biblical book Ephesians and the god of Mary veneration in the Roman Catholic Church. Following the 'Operation Ice Castle' prayer excursion which included planting a flag for Jesus on Mt. Everest, one of the lead prayer intercessors from the excursion, Ana Mendez, reported that there had been dramatic results including, "millions have come to faith in Asia... and other things happened which I believe are also connected...an earthquake had destroyed the basilica of Assisi, where the Pope had called a meeting of all world religions; a hurricane destroyed the infamous temple 'Baal-Christ' in Acapulco, Mexico; the Princes Diana died... and Mother Theresa died in India, one of the most famous advocates of Mary as Co-Redeemer."

 

I remember when "Jesus Camp" came out, and people I talked to about it were all dismissive, and said "Oh, well, these people are just fringe, they don't have any power or influence, they can't do any harm, they can't make their dreams of world domination and destruction come true..."

Well...they have a vice-presidential candidate on a major party ticket now.  Anyone still think they are fringe and harmless?

Update 1:

Well, maybe mostly harmless...the earthquake that the "third wavers" claim destroyed the Basillica of Assisi only damaged it (from wikipedia)  but Hey, they managed to kill four people, so I imagine they are happy with that...

On September 26, 1997, Assisi was struck by an earthquake which caused four fatalities. The Basilica was badly damaged (part of the vault collapsed, carrying with it a fresco by Cimabue), and was closed for two years for restoration.

Update 2:

Anyone wondering who Ana Mendez is, besides being the person claiming responsibility for Princess Diana's death?  Here's some more info...

God love their crazy little hearts.  What would I do for entertainment if I didn't have Sarah Palin's religion to explore?

Tuesday, October 07, 2008 9:40:22 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [3] |  | #

This is copied from the comments section here(The Ori are really exceited)

 

From Pastor Mark Arnold

This past Tuesday, the McCain / Palin Bus came through a little town called, Lebanon , Ohio. The LORD allowed me to go to the Rally giving them a message that He wanted me to personally deliver.

Sunday Night - a burden hit me that would only shake me to my knees - I prayed and wept for our Nation. Never has my heart been so broken before God. I literally interceded for these wonderful people who do not deserve all the hate against them. The GOD-Haters are going to try everything to stop them, but they will not succeed!

God is not pleased with the “bashing” in the News of this “Anointed” person. He has called her for this time! I promised God that I would pray and hold them up in prayer. I would “listen” out and be mindful of where they were. The following day is important in this time-line…because I didn’t even know until God spoke to me…

Monday and into Monday Night - the burden of prayer was so heavy that I was literally shaking and could not stop weeping. I didn’t know that they were coming to Ohio . I prayed and walked and wept and walked. I prayed and prayed and wept and prayed…

Tuesday at 2:00 A.M. - God spoke these words to me - “…Go turn the Radio on!” Immediately the Reporter’s Words were - “McCain & Palin Bus to be in Lebanon later this morning for a 10:00 A.M. Rally!”

Immediately on hearing that news, I heard God again…God said, “You are to go. You will meet them and give them a message for Me!”

I prayed as an intercessor and went to a place in prayer that I don’t think I’ve ever been…because the LORD had just visited me…and I knew I was on a ” Mission .” I had now been up since Sunday NIght…and now it’s Tuesday and I’ve got to go on the “WORD of the LORD.” He sure became My Strength as this unfolds…

I didn’t stop praying until I drove over to the town and parked the car. The News would later report they were expecting 5,000 people and the actual head-count of those who had been scanned was more than 10,000 people.

I simply obeyed…and God actually told me where to stand, who to talk to…and when to be on the move. I had sure learned on the Mission Field, when God wants to open a door, He will do it at the appropriate time. He always has someone to assist…and even those standing beside you may just be an Angel.

I struck up a conversation with an agent on the ground - he simply said, “I can’t allow you to stand here!” Here is where the bus was going to actual pull up to. They had to make a much larger perimeter so the entire area was now being moved back several blocks. The only other thing he told me to do was to go through the metal detector zone and just watch from the back. So, that’s what I did.

Due to sensitivity of the Internet…I can’t share much of the story as to what happened next was a definite GOD THING ALL THE WAY.

Looking over the shoulders and backs and heads of all those people…I knew it would take a miracle for what GOD told me to do.

As I was standing there, two Boy Scouts came running up my back…literally, they almost knocked me to the ground because they were running so fast behind me…up my back and over to the right. These Boy Scouts were about Junior High Age. Their Scout Leader and several others were behind them…but as the two out front was trying to push through the crowd, saying they were late…the smaller scouts were left in their dust. The Scout Leader who was with a McCain Rep from the State grabbed me and told me bring the other Scouts up front as they try to keep up with the first two that just came through.

I just became the leader of the rest of the Scouts to lead them right up front and center. As the Rep was shouting back at me…to bring the Scouts forward…the people parted just like God parted the Red Sea.

I marched them boys right up front and to the right of the stage as one was looking from the back. When I got there I was fifteen feet from the podium. GOD said, “Stand here, and don’t move from this spot.”

Within five minutes…the bus pulled up and around the other side McCain, Sarah Palin and her husband Todd stepped up and the speeches took off. I was where God placed me…and even Sarah Palin and Todd were standing on my side of the stage. I made eye contact, I gave them thumbs up gestures…and I knew they were just happy to see me standing there. Ha Ha

When they came around the podium and started on the other side, I knew they were coming right toward me, a little lady who stood by me, reached up and told the Rep that they had promised a Picture with her because she was the one who had lost a son in Iraq, recently. The Rep confirmed she would get a pic with them and they would talk to her. When McCain came to hug her… he immdiately shook my hand and following his moment with her, I shook his hand as he grabbed my hand, now for the second time, and I said, “God wants you to know that I’m praying for you, Sir!” He thanked me and kept smiling. I repeated that phrase to him five times. He grabbed my hands and looked right into my eyes and said, “I won’t make it without prayer. Sir, Thank You for praying for me, and don’t let one day go by that you don’t pray for me. I need all the prayers that I can get. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!”

As he moved to my right, Sarah Palin, came over to my left side…standing over the crowd and then looking at the little lady who had lost the son. It took a moment for her to shake some hands and people were pushing in all around. Sarah came and got on her hands and knees on that side of the stage and hugged that little Mom, telling her, “…it was not in vain.” She promised her support.

It was at this moment Sarah Palin, reached out for me to help her up and as I was assisting her to stand I was now face to face with her and GOD said, “Open up your Mouth and I will fill it.”

Here is what came out…

“God wants you to know that you are a present day Esther!”

[She immediately began to cry]!

“God wants to tell you that you are Chosen for such a time as this!”

“You are called, and chosen to be a leader.”

“Don’t lose heart and don’t fear man.”

“The news and nay-sayers and criticizers are going to be very hateful toward you… and in the days ahead they are going to turn up the heat…but do not fear.”

“You are a present day Esther.” You are an Esther. You are an Esther!

“Keep your eyes on GOD and know that He has chosen you to Reign!”

“Stay strong…be strong…don’t tire. Don’t be weary in well-doing. Be strong.”

Her husband Todd came over and I told him what I told her. He began to cry.

I emphasized the fact that he was to guard her at this time…and know that “…she is GOD-CALLED and GOD-ANOINTED.” “…this is a GOD-THING and your wife is a Present day Esther…she is for God to use at this time…She is an Esther…she is an Esther…she is an Esther.”

“You will be hated…but stand strong…GOD has called both of you to stand!”

“We are praying and I am praying for you…!”

At this moment, McCain came right to where I was finishing talking to Todd and I told Mr. McCain exactly what I told to Sarah and Todd Palin.

“Mr. McCain, …they are called of God and she is an Esther.”

“Don’t lose hope and don’t lose heart.”

“We are praying for all of you!”

He shook my hand and with a deep look of understanding what I had just said, he said, “Thank you for your prayers and support…I really do mean that!”

And he turned and shook more hands…and I watched them as they went through the crowd.

When I got to my car I sat there for quite a long time…knowing the GOD of the Universe had just used me to deliver a message confirming to Sarah and Todd to realize they are truly chosen vessels of God.

I wept. I have not stopped praying and crying. My heart is full knowing they had to have all the staging and all the hype and all the crowd…but the GOD of Heaven and Earth…wanted to give them a Divine-God-Appointment!

To God be all the GLORY and HONOR.

If anyone wants to know if I believe God can speak. Yes…Absolutely, is my Answer!

Be praying for me…and let me know what you think about all of this.

Pastor Mark Arnold
(Email redacted by me (teresa) because even crazy people deserve some measure of privacy  if you want the e-mail, follow the link above, and read the comments section there until you find this comment)

[Update:  Some more instances of Mark Arnold on the web:

http://mjwsjw.wordpress.com/2008/09/22/pastor-mark-arnold-talks-with-todd-sarah-palin/

http://thevirtuousrepublic.com/?p=1353 (first or second comment, I forget)

http://covenant.mypodcast.com/200708_archive.html (podcasts of his sermons.  I know you will be inspired!)]

And just a reminder to any fair-minded people who might point out that there is no real connection between Sarah and this guy, and that no candidate has control over who endorses them and how:  fair enough...but remember, Sarah doesn't put a lot of distance between herself and this kind of thinking:

 

 

Tuesday, October 07, 2008 7:03:12 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] | #
Monday, October 06, 2008

While much is being made of Obama serving on a couple of the same boards and being members of some of the same groups  as Ayers, and Ayers doing a fundraiser for Obama…

(Watch your associations people, just being in the room with Ayers a few times has Obama fingered as a terrorist bent on destroying America. er sumptin'  (hey Sam, big Palin-style wink attcha))

…I haven’t heard about him doing anything like, oh, say, trying to finagle a Presidential pardon for him.

In fact, he has publicly disavowed Ayers violent and radical past.

Apparently the right doesn’t care that Michele Bachmann tried to get a presidential pardon for Vennes (a major campaign contributor) to relieve him of having to have any “personal responsibility”.

If having some common memberships makes Obama a terrorist, what does it make Michele when she advocates for a drug-dealing, gun-dealing, money-laundering Christian currently part of the focus for a fraud investigation?

In my book, nothing more than an embarrassment showing extremely poor judgement…but if you judge her by the right’s measure, she would be a drug dealer , illegal gun dealer, money-launderer and fraud investigation subject.

Fair is fair, after all…

Michele, (Palin’s ideological twin and intellectual “mini-me”; has there been an interview with Michele Bachmann in the last couple of months where Palin HASN’T been mentioned?  If Sarah is the Sarahcuda, then Michelle is…uh…however you creatively meld “michele” and “remora”…Michmora? )…

…anyway, Michele has retracted the request…since it has come to light…oops!

Also, just as an aside, I hope for Palin's sake that if she and McCain DO win, and the right-wingers prayers for a speedy McCain death ARE answered, that Michele Bachmann doesn't get re-elected.  It would hurt Palin with the base to have Michele clinging to her like she did to Pres. Bush at that one State of the Union address...although a certain segment would find it hawt...while condeming it and hitting the "back button".

From the DumpBachmann site:

Bachmann withdraws pardon request that links her to unfolding Petters scandal
By Andy Birkey 10/6/08 12:51 PM

In 2007, Rep. Michele Bachmann sent President Bush a letter recommending he pardon a man who is a major contributor to her campaign even though he lives outside of her district. Last Thursday, Bachmann withdrew that letter, written on behalf of Frank Vennes, after FBI, IRS and U.S Postal Inspection officials seized numerous items from Vennes’ home in connection with the ongoing investigation of Vennes’ business associate Tom Petters.

Vennes served time in the 1980s for illegally selling a firearm, cocaine distribution and money laundering. While in prison, he became a devout Christian, and after his release he became a devout Bachmann campaign contributor. Prior to Bachmann’s election (and letter writing), Vennes contributed $14,200 to her campaign; in 2008, he has contributed $4,600. Vennes’ wife Kimberly, who uses the same P.O. box number as Vennes, has contributed another $8,800

Monday, October 06, 2008 6:27:58 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [11] | #

Just...wow.

You know how when you read the Illuminatus Trilogy, you thought that you could probably tell what drugs the authors were doing when they wrote each passage?  (I'm not the only one, right?  Right?)

Don't even try to do that level of analysis.  Just go along for the ride.

Monday, October 06, 2008 3:45:19 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [5] | #

Oh No! A black man making a plausible run for the Presidency of the United States inspires a school drill team of black youths to make up a drill about how they see hope for their futures as Architects, Doctors, and Entrepreneurs! In other news, kids praying to a cardboard cut-out of George W. Bush and vowing to bring about a one-world theocracy is just wholesome fun.

 

Monday, October 06, 2008 6:21:21 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [11] |  | #
Saturday, October 04, 2008

 

 

Hallowed are the Ori!

Hallowed are the Ori!

Hallowed  are the Ori!

Hallowed are the Ori!

Hallowed are the Ori!

Hallowed are the Ori!

Hallowed are the Ori!

Hallowed are the Ori!

 

 

Saturday, October 04, 2008 11:06:44 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [6] | #
Friday, October 03, 2008

Here is something written my my team-mate Leslie to all of her sponsors and supporters.  I liked it, so I'm putting it here for you to enjoy as well.

 

Thank you for supporting my participation in the Breast Cancer 3-Day. It was an incredible 60-mile journey starting on Friday, September 19th. I survived the walk pretty well, walking the entire 60+ miles. My feet were sore, though!

After the Opening Ceremonies on Day 1, we left the State Fair grounds, made our way through St. Paul’s midway area, into downtown, along Shepard Road, and up the bluff to Swede Hollow. We went through Indian Mounds Park to the Bruce Vento Trail, around Lake Phalen, and then continued along the trail to our campsite at Maplewood’s Harvest Park. After 21.5 miles, we arrived at the campsite, put up our pink tents (imagine hundreds of little pink tents set up in rows), had dinner and a hot shower before lights out at 9:00 p.m. (very possibly the BEST hot shower I have ever had in my entire life!).

On Day 2, we left the campsite at 7:30 a.m., heading north and west through Vadnais Heights, Shoreview and Roseville. Along the way, we saw many beautiful parks and lakes, and walked on the Gateway and Bruce Vento trails back to our campsite in Maplewood. It was a grueling 22.7 miles that day, the hardest day for me. A foot massage in camp made my feet feel much better, and a good night’s sleep got me ready for the third and final day.

On Day 3, we walked west and south out of Maplewood and then swung around into St. Paul, walking through beautiful Battle Creek Park, Indian Mounds Park again and into Downtown, ending at the Capital after 17.3 miles of walking. The Closing Ceremony was a moving tribute to cancer victims, survivors, walkers, and the volunteer crew who supported the event.

There were many memorable moments along the way:

In St. Paul’s Midway area, being cheered on by a pre-school class and their teachers, one of whom had her head covered and was very clearly going through chemotherapy.
The words of a young mother, going through breast cancer treatment for a second time (and told by her doctors that she would probably die from it this time), about why she walks – for her daughters, ages 5 and 12.
The many family and friends of Breast Cancer victims, and the Breast Cancer survivors, who cheered us on along the way and offered water, candy, snacks, even Kleenex and sunscreen – anything to make the walk a little bit easier. “Thank you for walking for me (or for my mother, my grandmother, my daughter, and so on) was often heard as we slapped hands with supporters.
The supporters who cheered us along at multiple stops along the way. One family who had lost a wife/sister/mother a few years ago brought her couch out to the walk, letting walkers rest in her couch, the same couch that she rested in while going through breast cancer treatment. The “traveling couch” would show up many times a day in the most unlikely places, carted around by her family in an old van. Others created informal cheering stations, such as the “Boogie for a Cure” group (lots of loud dance music).
The support of the amazing volunteer crew that supported the 3000+ walkers in camp, at pit stops and lunch, and along the route.
The “characters” that came out to cheer us on. Many dressed up in pink or in goofy costumes, decorated their cars, carried signs, and brought music or noise makers. Our favorite was “Mullet Pig,” a man who wore a pink pig face with a sparkly tiara, and a hot pink mullet hair piece. He was a volunteer safety crew member and so helped us cross busy intersections, and while waiting for traffic lights to turn would often entertain us with acrobatics and other antics. We later found out that his mother is a Breast Cancer survivor and he has lost both his grandmother and aunt to Breast Cancer. He comes out every year to support the walk.
The response to our team name and slogan, which we wore on matching gray and pink shirts: “Oh dear God, my feet, my feet, my feet….. My Beautiful Feat!” People loved the sentiment and the focus on a DIFFERENT body part (you can guess which one many team names focused on!).

I could go on forever, but most of all I want to thank you for supporting this great cause. Because of your generosity, and the support of all of my donors, I raised $2200 to help end breast cancer. There were over 3000 walkers, and the event raised a total of $7.3 Million! For more information about the 3-Day and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, visit
www.The3Day.org.

Thank you so much for making this possible.

Warmest Regards,

Leslie

Friday, October 03, 2008 3:09:10 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] | #
Thursday, October 02, 2008

How do I know?

Well, they just had one question:

Should abortion be legal in all cases, legal in some cases, illegal in most cases, or illegal in all cases?

I said "legal in all cases".

That was the end of the "survey".

So the poll was either incredibly poorly designed (not even demographic information asked for, no other data to give context to the answer)...or it was a push-poll and my answer designated me as someone who would not be swayed by whatever lies they were going to come around with to use as a wedge to try to push me from a middle position to the "illegal in all cases" position.

The thing that sort of pisses me off, though, is that Tim answered the phone.  They didn't even bother to check his age.  I wonder what they would have done if he hadn't gotten uncomfortable and passed the call off to me.

Would they have used the phone to try to psychologically manipulate a child without his parent's permission/knowledge?  Probably.  Slimey bastards.

Thursday, October 02, 2008 9:47:16 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [5] | #
Wednesday, October 01, 2008

The following was shamelessly copy/pasted from GGs Blog.  I have no remorse:

 

Monday, September 29, 2008

Make Your Opinion on Palin Heard... and Do Some Good

Since Sarah Palin was picked to be McCain's running mate, I've met ONE woman who's expressed support for her. Every other woman I've spoken to has more or less had this to say, "Sarah Palin doesn't represent me!" Someone came up with the brilliant plan that I've agreed to pass along. It's a way of demonstrating our lack of agreement with Sarah Palin's "moral compass" while simultaneously supporting a great organization that Caribou Barbie opposes -- Planned Parenthood. Many thanks to MadBlonde for forwarding this to me! Read on below:

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Instead of (in addition to?) us all sending around more emails about how horrible she is, let's all make a donation to Planned Parenthood in Sarah Palin’s name for reminding us of the importance of protecting our rights for birth control, women’s health and reproductive choice. This is a brilliant idea for $10, or even $5.

And here's the good part: when you make a donation to PP in her name, they'll send her a card telling her that the donation has been made in her honor. Here's the link to the Planned Parenthood website online donation form. [Note from Geek Goddess: I verified that this is the Planned Parenthood donation form.]

There is a short form to fill out that requires your name, address, email address, the name & the address of the person in whose honour you are donating, and you will need a credit card (if you don't have one, or prefer to have the cost come from another source, don't forget that PayPal now can generate a one-use credit card number for you). You must fill out the complete form & be sure to check the "in honour of" box, rather than just using the "donate online" link. If you include her name & address, PP will send an "in Sarah Palin's honor" card to her to let her know of the donation. I suggest you use the address for the McCain campaign headquarters [Note from Geek Goddess: The address below is not "campaign headquarters", but it is the Mid-Atlantic Regional Headquarters in Virginia, which I added to the address.], which is:

McCain for President
[Mid-Atlantic Regional Headquarters]
1235 S. Clark Street, 1st Floor
Arlington , VA 22202

The minimum online donation is $5, but there is also a printable form that you can mail in with a check (for more or even less). C'mon, women (& men)! It's got to be worth a few minutes & a few bucks to make your opinion heard WHERE IT COUNTS.

PS: make sure you use that link above or choose the pulldown of Donate–Honorary or Memorial Donations, not the regular “Donate Online”.

(Please cross post! Email! Spread the word!)

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Just so you all know, IT'S WORKING! Here's an article from the Rocky Mountain News in Colorado. This email making its rounds on the Web is making a difference. Donations are pouring in to Planned Parenthood! From the article:

"Sarah Palin is not only anti-abortion but opposes abortion even in the case of rape or incest, a point she hammered home in the 2006 Alaska governor's race by saying she would oppose her daughter getting an abortion if she were raped. She said this month that she wants to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion, but will work with abortion-rights activists to find common ground on reducing the number of abortions."

This is not a woman I want speaking for me or my daughter in the White House or anywhere else. If you value your rights, put a few bucks where your mouth is, join tens of thousands in peaceful protest, and VOTE, too!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008 8:52:25 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] | #

The AFA sent me an action alert asking me to take the "viewer's pledge":

Dear Teresa,

Are you tired of the extremely bias reporting by ABC, NBC and CBS? Do something about it! Tell the networks you are fed up with their attack on conservatives. Join other Americans who are tired of these networks promoting Barack Obama and attacking Sarah Palin. Take the pledge to not watch ABC, NBC or CBS until after the November elections! When the networks lose viewers, they also lose money. If viewers aren’t watching their promotion of Barack Obama and their trashing of Sarah Palin, they are losing money!

Send a message! We are sick and tired of your bias reporting, and we are not going to watch it anymore!

We will keep you informed on the progress of The Viewers’ Pledge.

Results will be given to ABC, NBC, and CBS.

The Viewers Pledge’ simply states, "I pledge not to watch any news programs on ABC, NBC and CBS until after the November elections."

Take the Pledge Now!

LOL!  I wonder if it could have anything to do with the expectation that soon, CBS will be airing more segments of the Palin/Couric interview where Palin is unable to name any Supreme Court decision except Roe V. Wade.

I'm guessing that the more people they can get to self-lobotomize before THAT hits the air, the better.

 

 

Wednesday, October 01, 2008 4:46:32 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [11] | #
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